Iggy Pop on nude modelling session in New York: ‘It wasn’t about my winkie or anything’

Veteran rocker also reveals how he managed to pass the time while holding each pose

Iggy Pop has spoken out about his recent nude modelling sessions for a life drawing class in New York.

The event took place last month (February 21) at the New York Academy of Art, organised by the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with British artist and Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller.

Portraits from the session will be on display at Brooklyn Museum later this year, as part of an exhibition titled ‘Iggy Pop Life Class’. 

Speaking about the sessions, the veteran rocker told Entertainment Weekly: “It was not about anything silly. It wasn’t about my winkie, or anything. It was just a documentation of what’s left of me. I thought it was a good idea the artist had and I enjoyed so much the company of the 21 drawing students and working artists. It was a very nice vibe in the room.

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“It’s not the sort of thing I’m going to start doing as a weekend job. I did it once at the start of my career, I was photographed also without clothes by Bill King and Gerard Malanga from the Warhol Factory, so it was time.”

Iggy was required to hold each pose for 20 minutes, which led him to come up with his own unique way of passing the time.

“The way I got through it, without going crazy, was listening to my own songs from my albums in my head,” he shared. “I know how long they are and inevitably when I was halfway through the fifth song the little bell would ring and then I’d get my break.”